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There’a new batch of “Holiday” specials every year–every television show that lasted more than one season has a Christmas episode, and celebs and personalities adore putting together hour-long love letters to their own awesomeness and throwing in some X-mas trappings…

Some specials are honestly good–or at least that’s how we REMEMBER them, and no one can tell us different (Rudolph, Frosty, Charlie Brown, Grinch, etc…)

Some suck Santa’s jolly red ass…and others….well, others are just–“special”…

Those are the kind of Holiday specials we’re going to be focusing on today–good or bad isn’t really a consideration, instead, we’re gonna explore specials that being a nerd may not be essential to like, but it’s gonna be a big help. They’re from tv shows or feature characters that are beloved to our community–OR they’re so weird and esoteric that only a nerd would bother finding them, much less watching them.

If you are NOT a nerd (first of all, welcome–nice to see you), please do not be offended if you also like some of these specials–we don’t mean to imply anything.

Noel!
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For a lot of cosplayers, creative costuming skills are developed through a desire to pay homage to their favourite characters as accurately as possible. The better a creator gets at crafting and sewing and designing clothes, the more impressive their cosplays look. Often, you see how someone’s skills are improving from cosplay to cosplay. For Lena, the creative mind behind Saddle the Hipogriffs Cosplay, cosplay provided an outlet for her lifelong love of sewing. Discovering cosplay provided the perfect hobby to blend her existing creative passion and her love of her favourite pop culture characters. The intricacy and carefully stitched detail in her cosplays make them a magnet for the attention of cosplay enthusiasts all over. (more…)

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Casting announcements were finally made for Star Trek: Discovery this week, the long-awaited return of Star Trek to our TVs, or at the very least our streaming sites. The very talented Chinese actress Michelle Yeoh will play Starfleet Captain Georgiou, the multifaceted Doug Jones will play the alien Lt. Saru, and Rent star Anthony Rapp will play science officer Lt. Stamets. Although this was big news, the bigger news is that Rapp, star of a Broadway show that spoke so clearly to a generation of queer people (not to mention their peers), would be the first openly gay main character on a Star Trek series, and considering the show’s commitment to diversity, it’s way past damn time. (more…)

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December has finally arrived and there’s only a couple of weeks left to get all your Christmas shopping sorted. A lot of the more organised among us will already have most of it done and will now only be struggling with the people who are trickiest to buy for. Others might not start thinking about it for another week or so yet. Either way, it’s more than likely that there will be a friend or two whose gift you can’t quite peg – nerds, after all, can be notoriously difficult to buy for. (more…)

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It’s only been running since 2015, but this year it has received over 450 entries worldwide. It has tempted swarms of amateur, student and professional filmmakers from all over the globe to crawl out of the woodwork in a bid to terrify us, and is curated by some of the scariest minds in horror cinema. The 15 Second Horror Film Challenge is a wonderfully fascinating example of what the darkest, most twisted and creative storytellers can achieve in only, well, 15 seconds. (more…)

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As well as paying tribute to all your favourite characters from video games, comic books, movies and wherever else you find inspiration, cosplay can also serve as a way for you to make those characters your own. Whether you choose to do that by gender-bending a character, morphing a creature into a human or just adding your own subtle twists to make a character feel more you, cosplay offers all kinds of opportunities to indulge your creativity. Tabitha – better known to her followers as Demorafairy Cosplay – has earned her reputation for unique costumes. From steampunk styles to Pokémon gijinkas, her handcrafted cosplays are infused with her own personal style.

We got in touch with Tabitha to find out how she comes up with her unique cosplay ideas. (more…)

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For the past twenty years, the Pokémon franchise has been one of the most consistently popular series in all of gaming. Though it easily could’ve been what killed the series, the familiarity of narrative and structure from generation to generation has become a key part of the games and fans have come to expect certain things from ecah new game. The evil team bent on dominating the world of Pokémon in one way or another, the series of Gym Leaders and other accomplished trainers you must defeat to earn your status as a Pokémon Master and the rival that challenges you every step of the way all make the Pokémon games the beloved series they are. (more…)

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Whether you love or hate Star Trek: First Contact, there’s no denying that it came out at a time where Star Trek, as a franchise, was still at its zenith. It was Star Trek’s 30th anniversary, there were two successful series on the air, and along came First Contact to become, at the time, the second most successful Trek movie in the history of the box office. Nearly 10 years after the debut of Star Trek: The Next Generation, it seemed like this was a ride that was never going to end, but in re-watching First Contact now I couldn’t help but hear a double meaning in the Borg Queen’s words. “Watch your future’s end.” (more…)

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For all the attention it has got in recent years in more mainstream circles, there is still a lot about the cosplay community that exists on the fringe of popular culture. People can choose to portray any of their favourite characters from any show, movie, book, comic regardless of how little or well known it is and be welcomed with just the same enthusiasm as anyone else. The sense of community allows anyone and everyone to show off their creativity and their love for their own favourite fandoms. It invites people to come out of their shell and be whoever they want to be within the safe space of the convention.

This was certainly the case for Gina B, a once shy teenager who now has tens of thousands of followers supporting her experiments with cosplay.

We spoke to Gina about her journey from her first tentative foray into cosplay to the influential she plays in the community today.

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The Inhumans have long since been on the drawing board for injection into Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Originally, these off world enhanced humans were planned to have their own movie, at one point being on the books for a 2018 release. However, not long after the announcement of a film, Marvel revised their schedule and removed The Inhumans from its slate altogether. For a while, word on The Inhumans in the MCU was null, seemingly reading that Marvel didn’t quite know what to do with the characters/property. Much to the surprise of fans, it was announced this week that an Inhumans television series will be coming to ABC with the first two episodes premiering exclusively in IMAX commercial theaters in 2017.

So who are the Inhumans? Out of the endless crowds of guys and gals in funny outfits, what makes them ripe for television?  (more…)